Workers File Lawsuit, Take Wage Theft Fight to Swank Chicago Restaurant

The lights aren’t on at a swank restaurant on this city’s north side, but that didn’t stop a group of former employees from demanding what they say are stolen wages.

A group of 20 workers and community members took the quaint Andersonville neighborhood by surprise Thursday, with their second evening protest in front of the posh Mexican eatery Ole Ole. They announced their filing of a federal lawsuit and National Labor Review Board complaint over claims they are owed significant amounts of back pay.

Former workers at the Spanish restaurant claim they are owed over $100,000 in lost wages, tips, and damages. In December, the restaurant narrowly averted a protest — organized by the Chicago branch of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a national organization previously profiled on Working ITT — with a last-minute agreement to negotiate with workers.

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